Blog Bishop of the Week: Ignatius A. Reynolds, Charleston, South Carolina (1798-1855)

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Ignatius Aloysius Reynolds was born near Bardstown, Kentucky, August 22, 1798, of one of the Catholic families that emigrated from Maryland to that State. Trained under Bishop Flaget and Dr. David he early showed a real vocation, and was one of the first students in the Theological Seminary at Bardstown. Completing his course at St [Read More...]

Throwback Thursday Photograph!

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Is it just me, or does Father William George McCloskey look suspiciously like Stephen Colbert? Born in Brooklyn, McCloskey was a cousin of John McCloskey, who in 1875 became the first American Cardinal. After studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, he was ordained a priest in 1850. After teaching at his alma mater, [Read More...]

First Catholic Priest Ordained in the United States, 1793

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June is traditionally the month when most ordinations to the priesthood take place. For that reason, for this month “McNamara’s Blog” will be highlighting the history of the priesthood in the United States by looking at ordinations, seminaries, and historic “firsts,” such as the following: The first Catholic priest ordained within the limits of the [Read More...]


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